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Hornets Put Spurs in Big Hole

Paul scores 30 as New Orleans grabs 2-0 series lead
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 12:20 AM CDT
Hornets Put Spurs in Big Hole
New Orleans Hornets guard Morris Peterson (9) reacts during a time out against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of an NBA Western Conference semifinal basketball playoff series.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 102-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night and a 2-0 lead in their second-round series. Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Hornets, who've won both games by wide margins in becoming the first team to put San Antonio in an 0-2 playoff hole since 2001.

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Game 3 is Thursday in San Antonio. Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 18 points and eight rebounds, far better than his miserable Game 1, when he tied a career playoff low with five points and three rebounds. Manu Ginobili had 13 points for the Spurs and Tony Parker 11. Brent Barry added 14, some of it when the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter. (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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